Welcome To Creative Play School

The Creative Play School is a fun and interesting place where children are encouraged to play, learn, think and grow so they can become the best of what they were designed to be. We know that the values formed in childhood become the foundation for beliefs and actions for the rest of our lives.

We are a part-time enrichment program that meets from September through May for children 2 to 5 years old. The program includes experiences in music, art, Spanish, chapel, library and kindergarten readiness skills. Children are lovingly cared for and every effort is made to provide for their safety, comfort and happiness. Our program is a ministry of County Line Church.

We are located on the Allen/Dekalb County line road between SR 427 (Tonkel Road) and CR 35 (Amstutz Road). Please contact director, Melissa Fuller, for more information or to schedule a tour.

Creative Play School was originally organized over 25 years ago by a group of mothers who wanted to provide a quality enrichment and socialization experience for their children. In 2002 it became part of the Children’s Ministries of County Line Church. The annual enrollment is around 180 part-time children.

Classes are limited to 11-18 children, depending on their age, and each group has a teacher and an aide. The program encourages play, discovery, socialization and creativity. It also introduces kindergarten readiness skills as recommended by DeKalb County Learing Link. Tuition for the program covers staff salaries and supplies for the children. The church underwrites the use of facilities, utilities, maintenance and custodial care.

Church members also generously contribute to a scholarship program to provide tuition assistance. The school is supervised by director, Melissa Fuller M.A. CCC-SLP and assistant director Wendi Walborn, and the full-time children’s pastor, Mary Ellen Rayle. It is overseen by a board of church members with experience in education and business administration.


Why are we here?

Our mission is to restore our communities by offering a quality pre-school program that enriches the lives of children and their families.

What do we do?

Our vision is to partner with parents by providing a quality, faith-based setting where children experience development opportunities for their mind, body and spirit and a play-based introduction to kindergarten readiness skills.

How do we think?

We know that children learn best when given the freedom to play and discover in a safe and interesting environment. We think it is important to offer a variety of creative opportunities that are developmentally appropriate where they can learn new concepts, accomplish new tasks and practice problem solving and relational skills. We are intentional about introducing experiences that will help prepare them to be successful learners in the classroom and in life.

We are committed to helping children know they are loved by God and that He has a plan just for them. We communicate this through our personal daily interaction with them and through chapel times twice a month that introduce traditional children’s songs and Bible stories about people who put their trust in Him.


Children meet in small groups two mornings a week with qualified teachers and aides. We offer an optional four-morning pre-K program for 4 year olds who will be attending Kindergarten the following year. All classes meet from 9:00am to 12:00 noon.

The curriculum is planned around themes that encourage social interaction and a play-based introduction to kindergarten readiness skills. Teachers share monthly newsletters with parents to inform them about classroom themes and activities. Their lessons plans are made in advance and submitted to the director. Parent/Teacher conferences are held in February.

What do we Learn?

We know children learn best when given the freedom to play and discover in a safe and interesting environment. We offer a variety of creative opportunities that are developmentally appropriate where they can learn new concepts, accomplish interesting tasks and practice problem solving and relational interaction. Children are also introduced to the following readiness skills:

  • Color and shape recognition
  • Name identification
  • Counting and grouping
  • Pre-reading and pre-math skills
  • Poetry, stories and language skills

Older classes will be introduced to:

  • Letter and number identification
  • Phonetic sounds and word recognition
  • Beginning math concepts
  • Writing and fine motor development skills

Children also participate in these regular activities:

  • Music In Motion Class
  • Gross Motor Play
  • Library Visit
  • Spanish Class
  • Art Experiences
  • Chapel Time

Enrollment Policy

When may I enroll?

Registration opens in March for the following school year. Currently enrolled students and their families as well as County Line Church families have two weeks of priority enrollment. After that time enrollment is first come, first served.

The non-refundable registration fee is $40. It includes a Creative Play School Bag.

Children may enroll any time throughout the school year as long as there are openings in the class and they meet the age guidelines.


Creative Playschool Enrollment Form (PDF)[/button]

How are the classes grouped?

Children must be 2 years old by August 1st to enroll. Classes are limited to 11-18 children, depending on the age group. Younger classes are smaller. There is a teacher and an aide for each group. Children are generally divided by their approximate age range and developmental levels.

The Pre-K classes are designed for children who will be attending kindergarten the following year. They must be 4 years old by August 1st. Four year olds may attend two days per week or four days per week, depending on available openings.

Special Needs Children?

It is our desire to be of service to children and their families to the best of our capabilities. We do not have specialists on staff to serve all children with special needs. In the case of children who may require assistance or unique accommodations we request that parents schedule a meeting with the director and/or potential teacher to discuss your child’s specific needs.

If it is determined that there is potential for placement, there will be a pre-determined trial enrollment period with specific goals and feedback between all parties concluding with another group conference to agree on either continued enrollment or withdrawal to find a placement that would better serve the needs of the child.

Tuition Policy

Please make checks payable to “County Line Church” not Creative Play School



There is a non-refundable registration fee of $40 per child due prior to enrollment each year. Parents are requested to give a one-month notice before withdrawal.


The tuition for the two-day program is $720 per school year. ($80 per month for 9 months)
The tuition for the four-day program is $1260 per school year. ($140 per month for 9 months)
The tuition will be paid for the full term, and will be the same regardless of the number of days a child might miss due to illness, vacation, or weather cancellations.
Tuition is due on the FIRST DAY of the month. There is a $10 late fee.
The tuition may be paid in monthly installments or for your convenience, may be paid in full at the beginning of the school year. The balance of the tuition due may be paid off at any time during the school year.

Scholarship Assistance:

Some financial assistance is available through the church’s scholarship team. Preference is given to the 4/5 year old classes. Scholarships are not offered for 2 year olds. Applications and more information, see Melissa Fuller or Wendi Walborn.

Discounts: Multiple Children

Two children from the same household will attend the 2-day class for a total of $140 per month for 9 months. 
It is the parent’s responsibility to hand-deliver payments to the school office drop box or mail them to the school. Please do not send checks in the child’s school bag. Teachers will not be responsible to deliver checks to the office.

We accept cash or checks. We are not set up to accept credit or debit cards. Some families do use automatic payment plans from their bank. Remember payment is due on the 1st.

Health Policy

An immunization record must be available to our office for each child.
A medical emergency release form must be signed by the parent.
Children are deemed too ill to attend if they have had a fever within the last 24 hours, or have vomited more than one time.
If a child vomits or is found to have a fever, parents will be called to come and pick up the child as soon as possible.
A child must present a doctor’s permit when returning after illness with a communicable disease.
Medicine will not be administered to your child unless absolutely necessary. We must have the medication in the original container with the official dosage label as well as written instructions from a parent.

Discipline Plan

Discipline is another word for self-control. One of our goals is to help your child develop their own means of managing their attitudes and behaviors in an age-appropriate way.

We offer plenty of praise and reward for making good choices. An effective program also contains preplanned measures for dealing with situations when the child loses self-control.

The following steps will be followed:

  1. Verbal warnings
  2. Time out (a cooling off period)
  3. A visit with the director
  4. Phone call to parent. Under no circumstances will the child receive correction that is punitive, either emotionally or physically.

With those same values in mind, we can not allow children who are abusive to remain in the classroom.

This may include children:

  • Who continuously hurt others
  • Who are chronically mean
  • Who are extremely disrespectful or disobedient to teachers
  • Who cause major disruptions to the group activities. Children who lose self-control will be removed from the classroom and parents will be notified. The parents, director and teacher will work together to make a behavior modification plan as a team. If the behavior does not improve to acceptable limits we will have to ask the child to withdraw in the interest of the well-being of the entire class.

August 24th 12:00 -2:30p.m. – All Staff Lunch & In-service

September 5th (Tues.) – Parent Orientation Mtgs. 6:00/7:30

September 7th (Thurs.) – Student Open Houses

September 11th (Mon.) and 12th(Tues.) – School Begins

October – School Pictures

November 15th (Wed.) 16th (Thurs.) 10:45 am – Pre- K Feast and Program

November 20th-24th  – Thanksgiving Break

December 5th (Tues.) 7 pm – 3’s and 4’s Christmas Program

December 20th (Wed.) and 21st (Thurs.) – Class Christmas Parties

December 24th-January 6th  Christmas Break

January 8th (Mon.) and 9th (Tues.) – Back to School

February – Parent/Teacher Meetings

February 14th (Wed) and 15th (Thurs) – Class Valentine’s Day Parties

March 8th (Thurs.) – Family Literacy Night

March 26th – 30th –  Spring Break

April – Pre- K Graduation Pictures

May 2nd and 3rd  – Fiesta

May 17th (Thursday) – Pre-K Graduation Program

May 16th (Wed.) and 17th (Thurs.) – Last Days of School


Mary Ellen Rayle

Children’s Pastor

Melissa Fuller

Creative Play School Director

Wendi Walborn

Assistant Director

Teachers & Aids 

Winnie the Pooh Class

Lorri Graves, Teacher

Barb Myers, Teacher’s Aide

Bambi Class

Kathy Ley, Teacher

Caroline Faylor, Teacher’s Aide

Dino’s Class

Cassie Romine, Teacher 

Holly Bauman, Teacher’s Aide

Horton Class

Lesley Hecht, Teacher 

Jessica Diemer, Teacher’s Aide

Fox in Socks Class

Karen Palumbo, Teacher 

Robyn Spaulding & Deb Miller, Teacher’s Aide

Clifford Class

Apryl Wagner, Teacher 

Natalie Stine, Teacher’s Aide

Pete the Cat Class

Angela Burggrave, Teacher 

Talethah Schlatter, Teacher’s Aide

Nemo Class

Erin Wood, Lead Teacher

Stephanie Howard, Teacher’s Aide

Music in Motion Class

Carol Shumaker, Teacher

Spanish Class & Library

Stacy Lapin, Teacher 

Pay Tuition Now

Please make checks payable to “County Line Church” not Creative Play School. Tuition is due on the FIRST DAY of the month. There is a $10 late fee.



There is a non-refundable registration fee of $40 per child due prior to enrollment each year. Parents are requested to give a one-month notice before withdrawal.


Wednesday Aug 8th – Kindergarten Orientation 9am – 11am

(details to be mailed to each parent in a couple of weeks)

  • Monday Aug 13th – First Day of Kindergarten

  • Monday Sept 4th – Parent Orientation Meetings 6:00pm & 7:30pm (details to be mailed)

  • Thursday Sept 6th – Student Open houses  9:00-12:00

  • Monday September 10th – First Day of Pre-K

If you would like to enroll your child, please fill out and return the enrollment form below.

Kindergarten Enrollment Form (PDF)

Class will meet Monday – FRIDAY  8:45am to 12:10pm. Mid August through May.

  • A child must be 5 years old on or before August 1st and pass a simple screening for readiness to participate the Kindergarten program.

  • Curriculum includes Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Art, Music in Motion and Bible.

  • Class is limited to 18 children with a teacher and an aide. The tuition is $150/month for ten months.

  • The enrollment/curriculum one-time fee is $100.  It is non-refundable except in the case of a child not passing the screening or qualifying for the program.

Kindergarten 2017-18 Dates

Other Notes

In Indiana, and 34 other states, Kindergarten is optional, it is not mandatory.

This program is designed to offer parents an alternative to a full-day Kindergarten.

It will be developmentally appropriate for 5 & 6 year olds with a short day, excellent adult/child ratio and engaging, creative curriculum.

A child that completes this program should have the reading, writing and math skills needed to be ready to enter 1st Grade the next fall.

There will be no time spent preparing or taking standardized testing.

There will be parent/teacher conferences in the fall and spring.

The lead teacher, Kathie Kruse, is Indiana licensed and has several years of experience teaching both First Grade and Kindergarten.

This Kindergarten program will be under the administration of Creative Play School and County Line Church of God.